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Austria’s Ministry of National Defence and Sport launches website to track Rio Olympians and Paralympians

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Lara Vadlau, Kira Grünberg, Günther Matzinger and Markus Swoboda at the application unveiling. Image credit: Österreichisches Paralympisches Komitee

Yesterday, Austria’s Ministry of National Defence and Sport, Sports Section announced that they launched a new website and mobile app named “Projekt Rio” to make it easier to track the country’s Olympians and Paralympians who will be competing in Rio at the 2016 Summer Games. Projekt Rio collects and aggregates Tweets, Facebook updates, YouTube videos, Instagram photos and other information about Rio bound athletes using the #wirhabeneinziel hashtag.



At a ceremony unveiling Projekt Rio, Sports Minister Gerald Klug was quoted as saying,”Our goal with the campaign  is to give the a glimpse of the Olympic preparation and also to increase the awareness of our athletes Austria to know who will represent the country at the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2016 and support red-white-red athletes along the way. ”


The Austrian government has been actively funding its athletes in preparation for the Games, allocating €5 million (US$5.4 million) a year since 2013.  At the 2012 Summer Paralympics, Austria’s 39 strong Paralympic delegation won 14 medals, including 4 gold medals, 4 silver medals and 6 bronze medals.

Laura Hale
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Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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